Premier Sports strikes deal to broadcast the Copa América

UK Sports broadcaster, Premier Sports has confirmed a deal for exclusive coverage of the 46th edition of the Copa América with all 26 games from Brazil being broadcast across its two channels.

The tournament features 10 teams from South America’s CONMEBOL along with the two guest nations Japan and Qatar competing in 3 Groups across 6 venues. The games will take place between the 14th June and July 7th with the final held at the Estádio do Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro.

Richard Sweeney, CEO of Premier Sports commented: “We are delighted to once again bring this wonderful tournament to viewers in the UK.

“We have covered the two previous editions of Copa América including the Centennial edition in 2016, and this year’s tournament should be extra special with the talent on show.

“We believe there are plenty of football fans in the UK who will enjoy our coverage of the best international tournament in the world this summer.”

The tournament will not only provide an international stage for Lionel Messi and Argentina, it will also hostan abundance of English Premier League talent.

It’s expected Sergio Agüero will return to the Argentinian squad having not played for the national side since the World Cup, along with fellow Premiership players Nicolás Otamendi. Arsenal’s Lucas Torreira enjoyed a fine debut season under Unai Emery and will want to take that consistent form into the tournament as he looks to add to his fifteen Uruguayan caps. Everton’s Yerry Mina, Spurs’ Davinson Sanchez and Bournemouth’s Jefferson Lerma have all been named in Colombia’s 40 man preliminary squad.

Estádio do Morumbi in São Paulo will host the opening fixture of Copa América 2019 between Brazil and Bolivia on Saturday June 14th and the game will be live on Premier Sports.

The announcement marks the strengthening of Premier Sports’ sports broadcasting portfolio, with the network already acquiring rights to Serie A and La Liga at the end of last season.